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in at least one poll. a new survey by pew research shows mitt romney now with a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. in the same poll taken a month ago, mitt romney actually trailed the president 8 points, 51% to 43%. now, that was just as that hidden camera video surfaced of the gop nominee's 47% comments. the new poll also contained good news for mitt romney on other fronts. his favorability now at 50% for the first time in a pew poll. and the former governor also saw gains among hispanics, women, and voters under the age of 50. >>> the race for virginia's u.s. senate seat is getting personal. tim kaine and george allen squared off in a live televised debate in richmond. allen, a republican, criticized kaine for accepting a j a chairmann governor of virginia. >> how does the governor take on a second job that sends him all over the country, giving partisan speak ofs, while over 100,000 jobs are lost in virginia? >> i'm proud of the fact that when i was governor at a very challenging time, we did a lot to bring businesses to virginia and to have a profile that was signifi
% to 45%. this amounts to a huge swing. the poll also shows that romney's favorability is rising and that he's making gains among women and hispanic voters. >>> this week republicans are focusing on winning over voters in north carolina. senators john mccain and behind day graham will be campaigning on behalf of mitt romney today in the battle ground state. house speaker john boehner will attend events for the gop presidential nominee on friday and saturday. romney himself will campaign in north carolina on thursday. he was in virginia yesterday. he told supporters in newport news that president obama would cut military spending, which will leave hundreds of thousands of virginians without a job. the president will be campaigning in ohio. he'll visit ohio state university in columbus. president obama held more than 30 campaign events on college campuses this year. he'll fly to the buckeye state from california where he wrapped up a lucrative fund-raising trip last night in san francisco. >>> another death linked to that meningitis outbreak. the centers for disease control says at
the hour. here's matt. >> all right, savannah, to the presidential race and a new poll showing mitt romney now leading president obama. we'll talk about that with senator john mccain in just a couple of minutes, but first nbc's peter alexander is on the campaign trail in newport news, virginia. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. as you noted, this race appears to be tightening now with exactly four weeks to go, and on monday mitt romney, trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief, attacked the president saying that the middle east has become a more dangerous place than when president obama took office. the latest pit stop in president obama's effort to reach his fund-raising goal of $1 billion, san francisco. >> we cannot afford to be complacent, and we cannot afford to be cynical. we've got to look back at the progress we've made, and that should give us confidence, but we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do. >> reporter: in virginia, a reinvigorated mitt romney may as we will have been singing in the rain, a downpour. >> people wo
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